Just hours after confirming that he interviewed for the Astros’ managerial opening Larry Bowa told Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com that he’s already out of the running for the job.
Bowa called it “a super interview” and came away “very impressed” with general manager Jeff Luhnow, but Rosenthal writes that both sides “agreed that the team needs to go with someone younger.”
Bowa is 66 years old and hasn’t managed since 2004, when the Phillies fired him late in the season.
In addition to Bowa the other known candidates to interview with the Astros are interim manager Tony DeFrancesco, Nationals third base coach Bo Porter, Red Sox bench coach Tim Bogar, and Rays bench coach Dave Martinez.
The White Sox won’t make a bid for free agent outfielder Bryce Harper, Bruce Levine of 670 The Score reports. Believed to be the favorites to land shortstop Manny Machado in free agency, the White Sox watched him ink a 10-year, $300 million contract with the Padres. The club is apparently content with its roster otherwise.
Harper would certainly be an upgrade in the outfield, which currently features Adam Engel, Nicky Delmonico, and Jon Jay. It will soon feature prospects Eloy Jiménez and Luis Robert.
Last season, Harper hit .249/.393/.496 with 34 hom eruns, 100 RBI, 103 runs scored, and 13 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He led all of baseball, drawing 130 walks. Harper is also a six-time All-Star who won the 2012 NL Rookie of the Year Award and the 2015 NL Most Valuable Player Award.
The Phillies are still believed to be the favorites to sign Harper and the club is confident it will land him, Matt Breen of the Philadelphia Daily News reports.